Is Alcoholism a disease?

by Daniel · 0 comments

I was fortunate to have some great mentors throughout the years. One thing I learned very early on in my career was to not personalize anything that is said. Obviously, if the issue is a topic that is of the personal nature and directed to you, then I must look at the challenge and evaluate that issue as objectively as I can. Furthermore a step in the evaluation process should include a mentor.

If the issue strikes a chord in my gut, there is something there and it is more important at the time the issue is presented to simply thank the person for their insight and do not discuss until and only until the evaluation process is completed. “Restraint of pen and tongue.” This advice has proven to me to be excellent advice throughout the years.

Utilizing this method of evaluation has allowed me to grow significantly as a human becoming. It has helped me to advance in business and it has assisted me to develop the techniques we utilize at The Last Resort Panama.

I receive quite a bit of email daily most positive yet some confrontational. Of course I apply these rules to email as well. Quite frankly it is a bit easier via email than it is being confronted in person. Today I received an email offering the opinion of one of America’s scholars. I believe she was head of research and development for a top-ten research university. Sorry, just my way to be humorous, this individual had an opinion and wanted me to know what that opinion is.

What I have found in life is that we are all full of opinions. In fact opinions are what helps us to advance and challenge what we know. One of my favorite professors ever, was a science professor and the first thing he taught us was that “science is not dogma”. It is from this place that I write.

The email said, “alcoholism is not a disease!” The correspondence went on to design a well thought out argument supporting her contention. What a wonderful piece of work. I thought to myself, what does this have to do with me? As a matter of fact I steer very clear of controversy that alienates people from our mission. Helping people recover!

The question that is integral is not “why” alcoholism or “what is alcoholism” but “How do I recover”? Recovery is the key. I remember when Mel Gibson released the movie “The Passion of The Christ.” I went to the movie on opening day. There was such a buzz for the release.

When the show completed, I sat in my seat for what seemed like an eternity. I spent the next week contemplating what I experienced. As a matter of fact, I went to see the movie for 4 days in a row. I read and listened to the reviews by all of the parties and factions, secular, religious and spiritual. Yet, besides the violent nature of the film, the impact it had on me came from one scene. The scene came from The Gospel of John. The Pharisees brought the woman accused of adultery to Jesus. Of course, Jesus told them “he who is without sin cast the first stone”!

For me, it is imperative that I keep an open mind, I do not judge, I love, I serve, and I carry the message of Hope! I have found in the treatment of alcoholism that different treatments work. That whether a person believes alcoholism is a disease, a sin, a result of trauma or whatever, people recover. Treatment works, drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs work effectively.


Dan ☺

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